By Erika Mathieu
Sunny South News
Crystal Neels is one of two candidates who have put their names forward with the hopes of being elected as a councillor in the upcoming by-election in Picture Butte.
Neels said this is her first time running for an elected position in municipal politics, but she has been residing in Picture Butte for 10 years.
Neels said, “I am a wife, mother, and a small business owner. Two of my children graduated from Picture Butte High School and one is enrolled at Dorothy Dalgliesh School. Currently I am an active member of the Picture Butte Municipal Library and DDS school council, I have volunteered with many events and the Alberta election in May 2023.”
Neels said she put her name forward for the upcoming by-election because, “I want to be involved and get connected. Giving back to the community is very important to me. I want to represent the ideas of local citizens to ensure the community gets the right services, supporting residents with their concern, and shaping the community by driving new business opportunities. As a parent, I can appreciate the utmost importance of living in a community that is safe and affordable. I have a genuine passion for this community.”
Neels said among her primary objectives if elected would be to, “bring new ideas to the council table by actively communicating with the residents and use the current policies and resources Picture Butte has to offer.”
She added as an elected councillor she would, “encourage residents to get involved in their community through boards and committees; maintain the financial integrity of our municipality; and advocate and remove red tape to encourage new business. This will increase employment opportunities and lead to increased revenue that aligns with the current attractions and businesses.”
Neels added if elected she would prioritize advocacy for police presence, (the) traffic speed on Highway Avenue, and recruitment efforts, “to all areas including doctors/nurses.”
The official by-election vote will be held at the Picture Butte town office on Nov. 7.